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Call today: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Vale of York Agency - Thirsk office

Units 6 & 7 Concept Court, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY

Visit today: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to NFU Mutual Vale of York agency where we pride ourselves on offering a personal, friendly, local service for business, personal and car insurance as well as pensions, investments and protection.

In our Thirsk office, we work closely with our partner office in York to offer a combined service, providing customers with access to local knowledge, a wealth of experience and a commitment to providing a personal service.

Our team of specialist advisers can assist with:

Commercial insurance – we specialise in the farming, food and drink, hospitality, retail, wholesale and property owner sectors. Our services are tailored to meet your needs with risk management health and safety advice services and financial planning included in our whole-risk approach.

Private client – our HNW range of services are designed specifically for high-value properties and cars. Our specialists can visit you in your home to help you get the right covers for your valued possessions. We also offer products to cover holiday homes and yachts.

Personal insurance – we offer a range of home and lifestyle products including buildings and contents, dog and cat, horse & rider and travel covers. We also offer a range of motor products – including personal car, commercial vehicle, tractor and vintage cars.

Smallholder– as part of our home and lifestyle services we offer specialist covers for smallholdings, including for livestock and public liability.

Financial services – our Financial Adviser can advise you on financial planning including protection, pensions and investments for you, your business and your family.

If you’d like to discuss the challenges faced by your family, firm or farm, we would love to hear from you; pop in to see us or

Call us on 01845 22337 or email us at ValeofYork@nfumutual.co.uk

Thirsk – Units 6 & 7 Concept Court, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY
York – Agriculture House, 207 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1UD


NFU Mutual

David Palmer

David Palmer BSc (Hons) Dip CII

Senior Partner & NFU Group Secretary

David has over 25 years' experience with the agency in Thirsk, combine this with managing a 100-acre arable farm just north of Thirsk, he has both the skills and wisdom to advise on all farming and commercial insurance. He can also provide advice on your commercial health and safety requirements. He has a degree in agriculture from Newcastle University and is a member of a local sailing club.

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Matthew Cliff BCS (Hons) Cert CII

Partner & NFU Group Secretary

After gaining his degree in geography and geology from University of Liverpool, Matthew moved into the insurance world. Now with over 14 years’ experience under his belt he has progressed through the ranks to be agent in the Vale of York Agency. He can help with both our farming and non-farming corporate clients. Matt is a keen triathlete and enjoys watching rugby and walking the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

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Jenny Dawson

Jenny Dawson BSc (Hons)

Partner & NFU Group Secretary

After studying Agriculture at Newcastle alongside David Palmer, Jenny joined the NFU Mutual agency network straight from university. Now a farmer’s wife, she lives and farms near Crayke with her husband’s family. She is an expert on farming and rural insurance. With a passion for both horses and donkeys, Jenny likes to support local sanctuaries. She is a member of the local tennis club and loves a game in her spare time.

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Paul Tyrrell

Financial Adviser

Paul has worked in financial services for over 25 years, giving advice to individuals, partnerships and limited companies. He can help you ensure you have the correct protection in place for you, your family and business. Paul can look for ways to assist you with Investments and Inheritance Tax Planning. He can also review your pensions to ensure your retirement plans stay on track. His focus within the agency is to ensure our clients have the right plans in place for the future they desire.  To book a no obligation Financial Review with Paul call the agency on 01904 451199 or 01845 522337 or email him direct at paul_tyrrell@nfumutual.co.uk

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Elliot Readman

Account Executive

Elliot joined the agency in the summer of 2018 with knowledge of commercial insurance from his family background in property. He can advise on commercial policies, but also motor and covers. He enjoys winter sports including snowboarding and skiing.

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Clare Jones

Business Development

Clare deals with all aspects of financial services in the agency; from your pensions admin to arranging a quote for mortgage protection and life insurance. Clare worked in the regional service centre for eight years prior to joining the agency. She has worked closely with local affinities as well as being heavily involved with NFU Mutual's presence at local agricultural shows and the Great Yorkshire Show. You will see her at local events supported by the Vale of York Agency.

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Colette Grace Ward

Insurance Adviser

With 15 years’ experience in the Vale of York Agency, Colette is an expert in all matters of personal and motor insurance. Moving from rural Ireland over 30 years ago, she now lives in Thirsk. She enjoys travelling, reading and being in the great outdoors with her two jack russells, Milo and Gracie.

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Emma Sidgwick (BSc Hons)

Insurance Adviser

Living and growing up on a farm Emma fully understands our customer’s needs. Gaining a BSc Hons degree in Equine Science from Bishop Burton College and being a keen rider places her perfectly to explore all your equine needs. She rides regularly and loves to take her horse Dolly eventing.

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Jessica Brown

Commercial Insurance Adviser

Jess can assist with your farm and personal insurance. Being a farmer’s daughter, Jess grew up on a farm so she is perfectly placed to fully understand all farming and rural insurance needs. Jess is a farmers wife and loves nothing more than lending a hand with the cattle on the farm, traditional baking and long dog walks.

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Kellie Harvey

Insurance and Claims Adviser

Kellie predominantly deals with the property and commercial claims in the agency but can also assist with your policy admin.  Living in a small village just outside of Thirsk all of her life, Kellie has a great insight into the rural and agricultural surroundings. She enjoys long walks across the North Yorkshire countryside, loves all animals and fine wine!

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Vicky McDonagh

Insurance Adviser

Vicky joined the agency in 2017 after being in the regional underwriting team for over 25 years. As well as dealing with motor, personal and commercial policies, Vicky has worked as a fraud handler and trainer for NFU Mutual. Vicky has excellent technical knowledge in our equine products and can assist with claims the agency are dealing with. In her downtime Vicky likes to go walking with her dalmatian as well as gardening and DIY.

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Jen Midgley BSc (Hons)

Insurance and Claims Adviser

After completing her degree at Leeds Met, Jen worked on the family farm (pig and arable) until she started her role in the agency in 2012. Her personal experience in farming and knowledge of the local area make her well established to advise on both farming and commercial policies. Jen can also assist you in the unfortunate event of a claim. She is a sporty person and in her free time loves to play hockey and tennis.

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Rosie Gatenby

Renewal and Account Executive

Rosie has grown up farming. From livestock to arable farming Rosie has the experience and knowledge to assist the agents here with the renewals of our loyal customers. Always ensuring we have all of your needs protected.

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Fiona Moss

Financial Services Coordinator

Fiona joined the agency straight from college after gaining her A level in Business Studies. Fiona works part time and can assist with your personal insurances. In her spare time she is kept busy with her young family, two springer spaniels and cat.

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Alison Thompson

Insurance Adviser and Account Handler

Alison is a farmer’s daughter who grew up on a local livestock farm and attended Bishop Burton College. Coupling this with over 20 years’ experience at NFU Mutual Vale of York means Alison is perfectly placed to help our customers with all aspects of their insurance. Alison has strong family ties in the equine world, both racing and show jumping and even represented GB at the Junior European show jumping championships as a teenager.

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Joanne Boldy

Compliance and Development Manager

Joanne joined the Vale of York Agency at the end of 2020. Previously she worked as a high street bank manager and has a strong understanding of the regulations and requirements needed to ensure the best outcomes for our loyal customers. In her free time Joanne enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the local countryside

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Jonathan Lawlor

Insurance Adviser

Previously working in retail and corporate services, Jonathan brings an excellent understanding of customer services and local values to the agency. He will be able to assist with setting up new personal polices and processing amendments for existing clients. Out of the office Jonathan enjoys watching TV & Films as well as following Formula One. He has just taken up running and is aiming to complete the London Marathon as soon he can.

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